Mar 20, 2009

四国旅行 2009!② - Trip to Shikoku 2009 Part Two!

四国旅行二日目はちょっとのんびり9時出発。ということで、またまたお風呂を充分堪能して、ホテルの外を散策。ホテルの周りは桜も咲き始め。あと一、二週間遅かったら満開なんだろうな~ぁ。

天気予報は雨で、明け方までは土砂降りだったものの、出発までに雨は上がって昼近くには青空に。運がいいぞ~ぉ!

まずは伊予かすり会館にこの地域の民芸伊予かすり作りを見学に。伊予かすりは中々綺麗な折り目をしている。こういう地域の名品はぜひ後世に伝えていって欲しい。

昼は宇和島で昼食を食べた後お土産散策。宇和島の名産はなんと言っても真珠。ピンからキリまでいろんな真珠がありました~。ちなみに、さすがに僕は手が出ませんでした...(笑)。

そして今日メインの最後の清流、四万十川へ。四万十川の川下りは風情があってよかった。昨日の雨で船頭さん曰く「ちょっとにごってる」らしいけど、充分綺麗な色を見せてくれた。

四万十川を満喫した後は、阪急交通社のミスで急遽予定変更で泊まることになった足摺サニーサイドホテルへ。中々来ることのできない足摺に来れたからまぁよしとしますか。“全室オーシャンビュー”とはかなり大げさだけど、チェックイン後家族三人で散策に行くと、桜は咲き始めているし、そして岸壁に行くと素晴らしい眺めが!これには兄貴もお母さんも大満足!そして綺麗な夕焼けの写真もたくさん撮れました~。

夜は高知の郷土料理「皿鉢料理」を美味しく頂いて、お風呂に使って、お酒を飲んで終了!

明日は朝が早いぞ~ぉ...。

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The second day of our trip to Shikoku was starting a bit late at 9:00AM. So, after enjoying hot spring, we went for a bit of walk around the hotel. Cherry's about to blossom around the hotel. If it's a week or so later, the cherry must be blossom.

The weather forecast was rain and, as predicted, it was raining hard until the dawn. Fortunately for us, the rain cleared by the time we were leaving the hotel, and we had blue sky by lunchtime. We got luck!

We dropped in at Iyo Kasuri Kaikan to see local craft Iyo Kasuri. Iyo Kasuri is beautifully woven. I hope that they will carry on this this type of tradition to many generations to come.

At lunchtime, we went to Uwajima for lunch and shopping. Uwajima is famous for its pearl. They had all sorts of pearl from cheap to expensive. Obviously, I couldn't afford it... :-P

We went to Shimanto River in the afternoon where had pleasure of going down the river on the boat. According to our boatman the river was a bit clouded because of last night's rain, but from our perspective it was beautiful.

After enjoying Shimanto River, we headed towards Ashizuru Sunny Side Hotel where ended up staying due to administrative errors by Hankyu Travel. Ashizuri is not a place that we could easily get to, so we should be satisfied. "All rooms have ocean view" is well exaggerated, but we bumped into stunny view of ocean as we went for a walk after check-in. Both my mum and brother were very much satisfied! And I managed to take lots of photos of stunning sunset!!

The evening finished with Kochi's local dinner 'Sawachi Ryori' followed by sake and hot spring!

We have to start very early tomorrow...


















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